If Mother Nature is capable of showing emotions, she may be grieving day and night. After all, illegal loggers have already done severe damage in the mountains by cutting down gigantic trees to make structures before laws got passed to apprehend them. “Pollution is choking the planet,” says Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. He adds, “Pollution takes many forms: radiation, particles in the air, chemicals in the streams, and plastic in the oceans, among others.” Some people love to hike and go camping, but they don’t know that the trash they leave will stay there forever. Not to mention, there are many construction items invented that are non-biodegradable and will undoubtedly end up polluting the environment.
Ecopsychologist Lori Pye also notes, “This is a very different relationship with nature than one of disconnection. The present rupture between humanity and nature mirrors our disconnection between psyche and the unconscious and this is a core issue.”
What may give Mother Nature less grief is knowing that humans are starting to show more concern to the consequences of abusing the natural resources. Hence, if you want to use eco-friendly products to build something, e.g., a house, a restaurant, or even a commercial establishment, here are the seven green-building materials to try.
- Wood foam
If you are working on the insulated walls, you should stay away from the regular foam. What you can use instead is wood foam, which mainly consists of recycled woods, grounded into fine bits. Then the manufacturer pumps the material with gas to make foam.
Assuming you have bales of straw at your disposal, you may utilize them to build an insulated wall as well. You only need to erect rebar stakes where the structure should be, and then stack the bales upward. That can keep you warm for a lengthy period, and you won’t do any harm to the environment.
Are you aware that cement production increases carbon dioxide emission and inadvertently pollutes the planet? A remarkable alternative for this product is Ferrock, a building material that comes from recycled steel dust and ground glass. It does not require heating and is stronger than cement, which is why it’s an excellent choice.
- Rammed Earth
Another unique construction material is rammed earth. The idea is that you have to pack the soil into a pre-made mold so that it won’t lose the shape. The best way to create the mixture for the rammed earth is adding three percent of cement to the soil to allow it to harden like concrete.
- Ceramic Earth
It is possible to create a ceramic house as well, you know. It is the kind of material you should get, especially if you live in a place that’s often devastated by earthquakes and heavy rains. To use it, you have to stack together adobe bricks and then set the walls on fire. The process is no different from making and baking earthenware.
Considering you want a product that acts as an insulating material but does not need covering, you should go for corkwood. You start by cutting it into several pieces of equal lengths. There’s no reason for you to worry about their thickness because the combination of small and large wood sizes add to the structure’s aesthetics. Not to mention, gluing them with mortar gives you sturdy walls.
- Pneumatically Impacted Stabilized Earth (PISÉ)
In case you feel like tamping earth will set you back on your work, you can opt for pneumatically impacted stabilized earth (PISÉ). The distinguishing factor for this building material is that the workers set up a one-sided structure that serves as the mold that they can remove later. Then they use a gunite machine to spray the mixture against the wall and wait for it to harden.
Choosing any of these green-building materials for your next construction project will not jeopardize your career. The insulation and walls they make are as sturdy as the ones built with manufactured items. Most even make sturdier structures than usual resources because you need to pack and stack small pieces to create something that’s a few feet tall.
You should seriously consider using green-building materials soon to give Mother Nature less grief.
To end, Marjie L. Roddick, LMHC, reminds us that “environmental wellness is related to the surroundings you occupy. This dimension of health connects your overall well-being to the health of your environment.”